Generally speaking Hard Beans (HB) are highland grown coffees. Coffees grown at altitude ranges from apprx 1200 – 1400 (4,000 – 4,500 feet) meters above sea  level are known as Hard Beans. Hard beans ripe more slowly and grown to be harder and denser than lower elevation beans

Hard beans coffees  taste great and generally more expensive (because of taste, yield, quality and more labor intensive) than coffees grown at lower elevations.


Strictly hard bean (SHB) refers to coffee grown even higher altitude than (about 1400 meters  / aprx 4500 feet).

We are still digging out more about both the beans and their relevance on roasting profile. Stay tuned…